Here's the Workshop Schedule.
The workshops are designed to meet the needs of the Beginner all they way to the Advanced. These are top instructors well known through out the West Coast.
Don't forget your music stand and tuner. We are going to try to make the workshop material available prior to the event.
We are working on getting rental ukuleles for the workshops. Once you sign up for a Beginner Workshop, you will be asked if you need an ukulele or if you will be purchasing a Festival Special starter ukulele package. Details will be e-mailed.
Sign up early to save your seat. We expect many of the workshops to sell out. And be sure to re-visit the website the week before the event as we may be adding more workshops and adjusting others due to demand.
Feel free to send a note on the Contact page if you have any questions/suggestions.
1:OO - 1:45 pm Beginner Ukulele Workshop: “Strummin’ with Jumpin’ Jim” Part One
2:00 - 2:45 pm Beginner Ukulele workshop: “Strummin’ with Jumpin’ Jim” Part Two
3:00 - 3:45 pm Play Ukulele in a Day with Heidi Swedberg
4:00 - 4:45 pm LET’S GO LATIN! with Cali Rose and Craig Brandau (Beginners and Intermediates)
See Beginner Descriptions Below:
Beginner Ukulele Workshop: “Strummin’ with Jumpin’ Jim” Part One
Jim Beloff introduces you to the basics of playing the ukulele including holding, tuning, strumming and making the chords. We will play through a half dozen or so well-known songs learning new chords, strums, tips and techniques along the way. Bring a GCEA tuned uke and be ready to have a lot of fun. At the end of the workshop you will have made a new life-long friend—your ukulele!
Beginner Ukulele workshop: “Strummin’ with Jumpin’ Jim” Part Two
For those who know a handful of chords and a basic up/down strum, here’s a chance to take your skills to a new level. Another half dozen or so well-known songs will be played while learning more chords, new fingerings, new strums, a picking pattern, transposing on the fly and performance tips and techniques along the way
Play the Ukulele in a DAY! with Heidi Swedberg
Absolute Beginners - Children under 8 need an Adult
Ukulele is such a simple instrument that the first step is a doozie! You can go from never having touched a stringed instrument before in your life to playing dozens of songs in just one hour! Heidi loves to start new players on their musical journey with lots of laughs and singing.
LET’S GO LATIN with Cali Rose and Craig Brandau —BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS—STRUM AND FINGERPICK TOGETHER!
Bringing beginners and intermediate players together for a fun Latin flavored workshop, Cali and Craig use the song “Sway” to teach south of the border flavored strums and fingerpicking patterns. For the grand finale, we strum, fingerpick and sing the song together. Olé!
1:00 - 1:45 pm Flamenco Ukulele? with Daniel Ward
2:00 - 2:45 pm Easy Pickings with Heidi Swedberg
2:00 - 2:45 pm Craig’s Percussive Side of the ‘Ukulele with Craig Chee - Intermediate and Advanced
3:00 - 3:45 pm Right Hand - Left Hand…with Daniel Ward
4:00 - 4:45 pm Moving up the Fretboard with Sarah Maisel
See Intermediate Descriptions Below:
Flamenco Ukulele? with Daniel Ward
Oh yes… In this workshop you will get a real right hands on look at what a little Spanish spice can do for your playing. Almost any song you know can be infused with some passionate strums, and it’s not as hard as you would think. Daniel Ward has worked for years to create a simple step by step approach to learning these rhythms and strums. Clear hand outs and vocal “phrases” that outline the patterns you are learning make it easy to add the latin charm to the songs you already love to play. The workshop will concentrate on the flamenco rhumba strum, and other variations of latin music. Participants will come away with a brand new bag of skills.
Easy Pickings: A simple path to Travis picking with great stops in between with Heidi Swedberg
Enrich your playing form and style without compromising fluidity. These simple picking patterns have rhythmic power on their own and lead towards the iconic sound of Travis picking.
Craig’s Percussive Side of the ‘Ukulele with Craig Chee - Intermediate and Advanced
Craig will introduce muting, scratching, and chunking to help create a whole new element to your ‘ukulele playing! You will be shown how to practice these techniques and how to instantly apply them to song. This will be a fun and energetic workshop that will get the whole body going! With different variations everyone from beginner to advanced-intermediate players will learn a whole new set of tools
Right Hand - Left Hand…with Daniel Ward
This workshop is a passage to comfort. All of us spend time wondering why some things just don’t come that easy. Daniel Ward has years of teaching experience helping people “align” their hands so they fit the instrument and don’t have to fight it. Some people call them bad habits, but Daniel refers to them as “unfortunate angles” that make fingering and strumming difficult. This workshop concentrates on the magic of discovering how easy it is to play when you get a simple group of skills that lines up both hands, and frees you from some old demons. Handouts include simple warm ups and drills, fingerpicking, and strumming help, and a big overview of how it all fits.
Moving Up the Fretboard with Sarah Maisel
Four basic chord shapes (and you are probably already familiar with one or two of them) is all you need to know in order to enhance every song you play, up and down the length of your ‘ukulele. This is a great workshop for the beginning/intermediate player who has most of the basic chords under their belt, but would like to explore the nether regions of their ‘ukulele in a way that makes total sense. Because the ukulele is a pattern-based instrument (and you’ll learn what that means in this workshop, as well), it is easier than you think to move up the fretboard and use more of it! Among other things, you will learn what 2nd position chords are and how to use them to enhance songs you already know.
1:00 - 1:45 pm Let Loose: A Practical Guide to Improvisation Technique with Ben Ahn
2:00 - 2:45 pm Blues Ukulele with Fred Sokolow
3:00 - 3:45 pm Fretboard Roadmaps for Ukulele with Fred Sokolow
4:00 - 4:45 pm "April in Paris", Jazz/Instrumental Ukulele with Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
See Advanced Descriptions Below:
Let Loose: A Practical Guide to Improvisation Technique with Ben Ahn
One of the biggest misconceptions about musical improvisation is that only a select group of innately talented people can do it well – this is simply not true. In this Advanced course, learn techniques that will give your creativity and innovation a foundation from which to build. We’ll examine scales, transposition, along with left and right hand techniques to flesh out your style with. You’ll leave the course with tools that will take you as far as you allow them to.
Blues Ukulele with Fred Sokolow
Learn how to strum 12-bar and 8-bar blues tunes, how to play single note blues solos & jam with other people, and how to play slide uke! Also, learn some great blues tunes.
Fretboard Roadmaps for Ukulele with Fred Sokolow
This is my best-selling book (out of over 120 instruction books I have out there in the market) and it shows you how to progress as a player and learn secrets of the pros that help you play solos and chords all over the fretboard and understand how music and the uke fretboard works! Many light bulbs guaranteed to light up over your head!
"April in Paris", Jazz/Instrumental Ukulele with Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
It's April in Paris which means it's also April in Santa Monica! In this workshop, you will learn a variety of seventh chords, incorporate chord melodies, use the fourth string (high G) as an alternative to play melodies, and apply both strumming and picking techniques. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to play this classic jazz song in a way Count Basie would have never imagined! Ukulele with high G/fourth string recommended.